Canterbury School (New Milford, Connecticut)

Canterbury School (New Milford, Connecticut)

Infobox Private School
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name = Canterbury School

established = 1915
type = Private, Boarding
religion = Roman Catholic
head_name = Headmaster
head = Thomas J. Sheehy
city = New Milford
state = CT
coordinates= coord|41.586383|N|-73.412597|E|type:educountry = USA
campus = Suburban, 150 acres (2 km²)
enrollment = 366 total
220 boarding
146 day
faculty = 60
class = 11 students
ratio = 6:1
year = 2008
SAT = 1350
athletics = 19 sports
colors = Navy and Columbia Blue
mascot = Saints
homepage = []

Canterbury School is a college preparatory, coeducational boarding and day school for students in Forms 3 through 6 (grades 9-12). It is located in New Milford, Connecticut, United States, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford.


Canterbury was founded in 1915 on the aspiration of two men: Henry O Havemeyer, the descendant of the sugar refining family, and Nelson Hume, a Catholic schoolmaster. These men desired to establish a school that Roman Catholics could attend, be guided in their religion and prepared to attend universities like Yale, Harvard, Duke, MIT, Stanford and Princeton. [Canterbury School: The First Ninety Years 1915-2005, compiled by Kathy Bolster (c) 2006] .

The school was established in New Milford, CT on the location of the former Ingleside School for Girls. Nelson Hume became the first head master of the school. From its start with 16 enrolled students, Nelson Hume guided the school through two world wars and the great depression until his death in 1948. He was succeeded as headmaster by Walter Sheehan, by John Reydel in 1973, by Rodrick Clark in 1978 and Thomas Sheehy in 1990.

Canterbury became co-educational in the fall of 1971. The school now enrolls over 300 boarding and day students on its campus on The Hill in New Milford.

Canterbury is among one of the top hockey prep schools in the country. Preparing their players for Division 1 play and beyond.


Canterbury offers a college preparatory program of more than 115 courses, including 31 AP courses and 33 Honors sections. Courses are offered in Computer Science, English, Fine Arts, History, Language, Math, Music, Science, Theology.

Fine Arts

Canterbury offers a program in the fine arts. The school provides space for music practice, recordings, art exhibits, and performances; during the year student art is displayed throughout the school in various hallways and rooms.



Old School House facilitates the language and history departments. The majority of language and history classes will be held in this building. Canterbury offers Spanish, French, and Latin as foreign languages.

Hume Building facilitates the theology and mathematic departments on the upper level, and the science department on the lower level. The Hume building also houses Canterbury's McGuire Auditorium on the upper level.

Steele Hall facilitates the library on the upper level, and the business office and a lecture room on the lower level. In addition, the school dining hall and cafeteria is located on the lower level of Steele.

Duffy House contains art space and studios renovated from the old dinning hall.

Old Gym the old gym first floor space has been renovated for music class rooms and rehearsal space.


Sheehan House (nee Middle House) Named for Canterbury’s Second headmaster is located in center of the lower campus. Simply referred to a "Sheehan" by students, it houses upper form Boys, and two sophomores.

Carter House (née South House) located on the southern end of the lower campus houses upper form girls.

Duffy House (née North House) located on the northern end of the lower campus houses lower form girls.

Hickory Hearth provides space for 6 students and 3 faculty member.

Havemeyer Hall for middle form boys

Carmody Hall for lower form boys.

South House a newly constructed building between Hickory Hearth and Carter House that houses upper form girls.

Ingleside a dorm serving as the nurses station and dorm next to duffy and behind Old School House.


Chapel of Our Lady Built in 1930s and expanded in 1960, the chapel can seat the student body. The bottom floor of the chapel also contains a classroom. Its impressive stained glass windows have been recently restored.

Chaplin Residence is the oldest building on campus and has had various uses including acting as Canterbury’s 1st chapel.


The New Athletic Facility contains the Draddy Hockey Arena (1975), 5 squash courts, the field house (basketball courts), weight room, and a wrestling room.

Located across the drive from the athletic facility is the Pigott Basketball Arena which also contains additional locker facilities.

Higgins Aquatic Center, opened in the fall of 2008, provides a new 8 lane 25 yard pool and diving facility.

Dining Hall

Located in the basement of Steele Hall, Canterbury offers a full service dining hall preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. All meals are prepared under the direction of a Culinary Institute of America chef. Fact|date=July 2007

Interscholastic Sports

When founded in 1915, Nelson Hume believed that physical activity was an important compenent in the education of his students. Canterbury carries that tradition on, expecting students to participate in a sport each season at level appropriate with their skills. Canterbury fields teams and competes against other schools at the Varsity, Junior Varsity, 3rd Team and sometime 4th team level.


Boys & Girls Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys Water Polo


Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Ice Hockey, Boys & Girls Squash, Boys & Girls Swimming, Girls Volleyball, and Wrestling


Baseball, Crew, Golf, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Softball, Boys & Girls Tennis, Outdoor Track

Notable Students, Alumni, and Faculty

*Jack Arute '68, ESPN Sports Announcer.
*Cofer Black '68, Vice-Chairman, Blackwater USA
*Joseph Campbell, sociologist
*David C. Copley '71, President Copley Press
*Mike Dunham, goaltender in the NHL
*Dominick Dunne '44, writer-producer-TV personality
*Mel Ferrer '35, actor, producer, director
*Jack Haire '70, publisher of "Time", 1993-1998
*Paris Hilton, celebutante (student)
*William Randolph Hearst III '67, venture capitalist and trustee of Hearst Trust.
*John F. Kennedy, President of the United States (Student)
*James B. Lee, '71, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
*Sargent Shriver '34, Diplomat, PeaceCorp Organizer, Vice-Presidential Candidate
*Mark C. Pigott '72, CEO of PACCAR
*Robert O'Connor '76, CEO Softrax Corporation.
*Dr John T. Queenan '51, OB/GYN and author
*Dan Rusanowsky '79, play-by-play announcer for the San Jose Sharks.
*Bernard H. Ridder '34, Former president and CEO of Knight-Ridder and original Minnesota Viking owner. []
*Gerard C. Smith '31, Diplomat and Chief negotiator of SALT I
*Keiko Yoshida, Former child actress from the television show, ZOOM
* Conor Mara '07 - Grandson of Authur Mara, Owner of New York Giants
* Brooke Walgreen '09 - Daughter of Walgreen's Pharmacy Owner

External links

* [ Official site]


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